Datebook: April 17 - Capitulations of Santa Fe 520 Years Ago

Apr 17, 2012

On April 17, 1492, The Capitulations of Santa Fe were signed between Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella I. This agreement granted Columbus honorific titles and allowed him to travel West to find the East, and granted him a tenth of any riches he were to find along the way. Many of Isabella's council of experts (sailors, philosophers, astrologers, and other monarchs) thought the journey was absurd, but some influential members argued there'd be little to lose should Columbus fail and much to gain should he succeed. So it was signed on this day, and soon he would sail the ocean blue.

It’s Tuesday, April 17

There’s a wine and craft beer tasting on Thursday night benefiting Project Hope No-Kill Animal Shelter.  The tasting will be held at Harrah’s Casino Event Center in Metropolis from 7 to 10.   Taste and learn about wines from southern Illinois, as well as wines and craft beers from around the world.  Live entertainment will be provided by Midlife Crisis.  Tickets are $20.

The Pennyrile Grandparent Support Group will meet tomorrow morning at 10 at the Pennyrile Area Development District Office in Hopkinsville.  For more information, call James Patterson at 886-9484.

Now’s the time to register for a “Can Construction” event, to be held in the parking lot of the Mayfield-Graves County Needline and Food Pantry on April 28.  Teams of volunteers will create artistic building projects made of canned goods and other non-perishable food items that will be judged and then donated to the food pantry.  For more information on the project, call 270-247-6333.

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